Dusseldorf smash and grab against Dortmund 2-1

18 December 2018 22:36 GMT

Fortuna Dusseldorf produced a smash and grab against today’s Bundesliga opponents Dortmund to end their unbeaten run in eight games in all competitions.

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Dortmund were denied the lead as Marco Reus goal was cancelled out with Mario Gotze deemed to has interfered with the play from an offside position and blocked the view of the goalkeeper.

Dusseldorf went ahead on 22 minutes from Stoger’s through ball to Dodi Lukebakio to run in between the defenders and raced into the box after a great solo run and got one-on-one with the keeper before scoring with a low shot to his left side of the goal.

The Bundesliga leaders came out in the second half determined to overturn the deficit but were stunned as the home side’s extended the lead on 58 minutes with Takashi Usami releasing Jean Zimmer to arrow his shot to the left top corner from the edge of the right side of the box.

Paco Alcacer got a consolation in the 80th minute with a well-timed header from Lukasz Piszczek but inevitably couldn’t get the equaliser they needed.

Marco Reus: “Today we were lacking the desire to win the match. We knew beforehand that Düsseldorf would largely resort to counter-attacks. And that’s what happened. We made a stupid mistake in our build-up play, losing the ball, and then Düsseldorf played a long ball and scored the goal”.

“Thereafter it was almost like running into a wall. We subsequently conceded the second from a wonder effort and were completely chasing the game. All in all, we deserved to lose because we didn’t invest enough.

“Our opponents have been making our life more difficult recently because they’ve sat deeper and kept the space tighter. We need to learn from that. We need to play with more purpose and desire, wait for our chance and take it. Today it didn’t work out”.

“As always, we need to dust ourselves down and continue, we have our next opportunity on Friday. I’m sure that we’ll show a very different side to ourselves then.”

Lucien Favre: “They countered very well, that was probably their plan. They sat back very deep and we couldn’t find the gaps. The second half was better, but then we conceded the second goal”.

“They played well tactically. We can’t avoid everything. We need to wait and see who’ll be capable of playing at centre-back on Friday. Today both Akanji and Diallo went off with injuries. Zagadou is injured as well.”

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